Brees (ribs, punctured lung) returns for marquee matchup with Chiefs

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New Orleans Saints have their future Hall of Famer back. Drew Brees has been activated to play the team against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brees had been sidelined for several weeks due to an injury. The Saints were steadfast in their efforts to ensure that he would only return when he was healthy.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attempts a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Drew Brees attempts a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by the New Orleans Saints/Instagram)

Without Brees, Taysom Hill was named the starter. He’s believed to be the team’s starting quarterback when Brees retires to take a job at NBC Sports.

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Brees was out of the lineup due to more than 10 broken ribs. In addition, he had a punctured lung.

ESPN’s Ed Werder said in November that there was no timetable for his return.

He was hit late in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers that sidelined him. Jameis Winston came in to replace Brees for the second half of the game.

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The former Purdue Boilermakers signal caller has been out for the injury for the past month. Without him, the team went 3-1.

The only loss came this past Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles in Jalen Hurts NFL debut as a starting quarterback. Hurts guided his team to a 24-21 win.

As a starter this season, he guided the Saints to a 7-2 record. He made nine starts before leaving with his injury.

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He has gone 219 of 298 for 2,196 passing yards. He also has 18 touchdown passes and three interceptions.

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